Go Fish Skunk: A Card Game for Teaching Math

On May 10, 2012, in Differentiation, by Nicole Lantz

Our simple twist on Go Fish creates a natural inclination to ask for pairs of higher numbers to win. Since the student has to count higher once they get a high-value pair, he or she is self-selecting their degree of difficulty when they call out “Do you have a…” Try grouping by ability for your differentiated elementary classroom (Ages 3 to 6).

Walking with Class: Is Single File Limiting your Field Trip?

On May 4, 2011, in General, Nonformal education, by Nicole Lantz

This along-the-way activity is especially good for children who have inadvertently gotten ants in their pants en route to a field trip destination. It also works as a 3-minute energizer in the middle of class – simply do the actions on the spot. From toddlers to preteens, use it with whole classes or, for the eager homeschooler, it is great for one or two.

Classroom broccoli: How lesson plans can help students learn to like difficult topics

On August 5, 2010, in General, How We Learn, Lesson Plans, by Nicole Lantz

A. Integrate choice into your lesson planning.
B. Plan activities in your lessons where students get a chance to see someone enjoying his or her work in that field.
C. Remember, everyone’s broccoli is different.